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New York Daily News, February 9, 1942

“Crying Babies Drive Nurse Crazy; She Dopes 2, 1 Dies
Her face pale with grief, nurse Irma Twiss Epstein, whose own baby died a year and a half ago, is booked at Morrisania Police Station in the death of a new-born baby whose crying was ‘driving me crazy'”

[“Aliens Begin Registering. Registration of enemy aliens begins today…”]

PM, February 9, 1942, p. 3

“Here is Nurse Accused of Killing Baby
Distraught and pale with grief, Irma Twiss Epstein, 32 year-old nurse, whose own baby died 18 months ago, is booked on a homicide charge in the death of a baby whose crying, she said, “drove me crazy.” Miss Epstein, Bronx Maternity Hospital nurse, is accused of giving a powerful drug to the 20 hour-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Castro Vallee, whose only other child died after birth 11 years ago. Another infant, 4 days old, was revived by nurses and doctors after Miss Epstein was found in a hallway hysterically sobbing: eyedropper, baby.” Hospital records showed she entered service there in 1940 and after nine months took a leave of absence to have a baby. Police said she had been in Bellevue’s psychopathic ward two years ago for observation after tasking an overdose of sleeping tablets. She told police at Morrisania Station she expected to be married soon. PM Photo by Weegee.”

PM, February 9, 1942, Vol. II, No. 168, p.3

PM, February 3, 1942, pp. 10-11, Vol. II, No. 164

Off Duty Cop Does Duty, Kills Gunman Who Tries Stickup
The boys were playing a little pool and cards in the Spring Arrow Social and Athletic Club, 344 Broome St., near the Bowery last night. Patrolman Eligio Sarro, off duty, went in for a pack of cigarets. Four men entered. “This is a stick-up,” the leader muttered. Sarro was a little slow getting his hands out of his overcoat pockets. “Get ’em up,” ordered the leader, Sarro did. One hand held a gun. When he got through firing, the leader was dead.

The usual curious crowd gathered after the gunman, fatally wounded, staggered from the entrance. He was about 22, dark and chunky. Police said he was Andrew Izzo with a record of six arrests.

Patrolman Sarro smokes a cigaret a few minutes after he dropped the gunman. He’s assigned to the Empire Blvd. precinct in Brooklyn. He lives only a few doors from the club.
PM Photos by Weegee

NY Times, February 3, 1942

PM, January 2, 1942 (PM Photos by Weegee)

“Auto Crashes marred New Year – as usual. When this car struck El pillar at 48th St. and Third Ave. driver was injured.”
“Bus crashed into doctor’s car parked in front of his office at 232 East 79th St…”
“Three were removed to Bellevue when, at Second Ave. and 39th St., this car collided with a taxi…”
“Driver of wrecked cab, John Delany, 559 Second Ave., was removed by cops, later went to hospital.”

January 2, 2016 (Photos by Ceegee)

“Auto Crashes marred New Year – as usual… 2016”
“Bus crashed into car in Columbus Circle…”

PM Daily, January 2, 1942,
Auto Crashes marred New Year-as usual. When this car struck El pillar at 48th At. and Third Ave. driver was injured.
Bus crashed into doctor’s car parked in front of his office at 232 East 79th St…
Three were removed to Bellevue when, at Second Ave. and 39th St., this car collided with a taxi…
Driver of wrecked cab, John Delany, 559 Second Ave., was removed by cops, later went to hospital.
PM Photos by Weegee.

Weegee Daily, January 2, 2013
Auto Crashes Not Seen
This car at 48th St. and Third Ave.
Cars in front of 240 East 79th St… There is no 232 East 79th St. anymore…
This car was resting comfortably at Second Ave. and 39th St…
Weegee Daily Photos by Ceegee.

Great article called:

“How I traced my grandfather’s life from a famous photographer’s image”
by Charles R. Hale

Published on on May 31, 2015.

Of course that famous photographer was Weegee.

The famous photographer’s photo was on page 73 of Naked City.
The PM page and page spread, published on March 8, 1942:
PM, March 8, 1942, pp.2-3

Street Scene: Last Rights After Fire

“Three persons died in a one-alarm fire at a tenement with out fire escapes at 239 W. 16th St. yesterday. Seven other persons were injured. On the street after the bodies were removed, Father G.J. Knoepfel, S.J., pronounced the last rites as ambulance doctor held his hat. Two of the dead were identified as Mrs. Betty Hasara, 22, and her daughter Lucille, 8 months. The other body was too badly burned for identification. Two men were rescued from ladders; two women carrying children jumped from second-floor windows. Police are investigating the fire, which apparently started on the first floor and swept through the roof. Flames were 40 feet high when firemen arrived. Other fires yesterday took two lives in Brooklyn.
PM Photo by Weegee

We published this blog post on March 8, 2013:
Weegee Daily… March 8, 1942… Street Scene: Last Rights After Fire…

A few related articles:
St. Petersburg Times, 03/08/1942

Daily Argus, 03/07/1942

Syracuse Herald Journal, 03/08/1942

A few contemporary views, Weegee Daily, March 9, 2013:

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NY Daily News, April 17, 1942 (All NEWS fotos by Engels and Amy)

1. Stanely Sandler, 23, and Francis Whelan, 32, both of Astoria, lie on pavement of Third Ave., near 42d St., after car driven by Whelan crashed into El pillar. Sandler is dead.
2. After recovering from first shock of accident, Whelan went berserk, battled with police. Bystander fans him with newspaper as police hold the struggling driver
3. Clothes torn and his face covered with blood, Whelan gains his feet, continues his struggles with cops, who hold him firmly.
4. His face covered with newspapers, the dead Sandler receives last rites from Father Thomas McNulty. Sandler was riding in rear seat. Another passenger, Joseph Mahoney, was injured.
5. Whelan lies on floor of ambulance, still held by police. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation.
6. After caroming off two El pillars the car came to a stop and burst into flames. Driver of car escaped death miraculously in accident, which occurred at 5 o’clock yesterday morning.
7. The fire’s been put out and here’s all that remains of the car. It hit pillars between 41st and 42d Sts. while making U-turn.
8. Carmine DeNote and Pvt. Arthur Hayden examine axle and wheel which landed 40 feet from where car hit. Technical charge of homicide was lodged against Whelan.



NY Herald Tribune, April 17, 1942 (Herald Tribune – Acme)

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PM, April 17, 1942 (No photo credit)
1. Few minutes before photo, this car was going north on Third Ave., near 42d St. It smashed into L pillar, burned to this wreck.
2. Wheel of car rammed curb 40 feet from car body. Stanley Stanley, Astoria, died in wreck. Car was driven by Frank Whalen, Astoria.
3. Whalen, injured, battled with cops after recovering from shock of crash. He was handcuffed, forced into ambulance by officers.
4. Under double-bill movie marquee, body of Stanley was covered with newspapers and coats by policeman. Technical charge of homicide was lodged against Whalen, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation. Another passenger, Joseph Mahoney, also was hurt.

We found coverage of the “Joy of Living” accident only in The Daily News, New York Herald Tribune, and of course, PM. DN and PM published foto stories, little photo essays, and PM’s story featured one of the greatest photos of the 20th century. There are (at least) three variations, versions, or varieties or Joy of Livings….

The car caromed at around 5 AM while making a U-turn; newspapers were used by bystanders to fan distraught driver, Francis Whelan; newspapers covered the body of the dead passenger, Stanley Sandler (Stanley Stanley was too good to be true); The Tudor added a th to ’em…

A scene from “Joy of Living,” released May 6, 1938, Irene Dunne singing “You Couldn’t be Cuter,” can be seen here… And here too…

Supernacular Irene Dunne site here…
and here…

“Don’t Turn ‘Em Loose,” 1936, (image from ebay)

(Very good page on the Tudor Theatre on Cinema Treasures…)

Naked City, 1945, p. 89

Weegee’s Secrets, 1953, p. 32

HI, May 1957, p. 31

On a long movie ticket line, someone found the mark for quick vengeance”

Weegee The Famous, 1977

Weegee’s New York, 1982, p. 75

Weegee’s World, 1997, p. 61

Berinson, 2007, p. 175

Not the Naked City, p.89,

Above the Joy of Living… (with google sky view).

Of course, living in Tokyo, in mid-April 1942, was not a joy…
New York Post, April 18, 1942

Daily News, April 1942

New York Herald Tribune, April 18, 1942